Princess Mary’s children poke fun at her Australian accent in resurfaced video to mark her 50th birthday: ‘Some words she says a bit funny’
Princess Mary’s children joked that she ‘says words funny’ in her ‘Australian accent’ in a newly resurfaced video.
The Tasmanian-born royal shares four children with husband Prince Frederik, who spoke about their mother in a video to mark her 50th birthday last year.
Her Royal Highness was a marketing manager at an advertisement company when she met Crown Prince Frederik in a pub in Sydney during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
She moved to Europe in 2001 and was married three years later, pushing herself to learn Danish fluently in order to prepare for her new life helping to lead a country.
Princess Mary’s children joked that she ‘says words funny’ in her ‘Australian accent’ in a newly resurfaced video. She is pictured with her husband Prince Frederik
Speaking in a clip at the time, Princess Isabella, now 16, says: ‘She has an Australian accent, so there are some words she says a bit funny,’
Prince Christian, now 17, added: ‘Sometimes, if she wants to say “put the dog in its basket”, it always turns into, “the dog lies in its hook.”‘
‘She tries to pronounce right at home,’ Vincent, now 12, said while his twin sister Josephine jokingly mimicked Mary’s accent.
Despite the hilarity, her family did honour their mother by calling her an extremely hard worker who constantly reminds them how lucky they are to live in Denmark.
The Tasmanian-born royal shares four children with husband Prince Frederik, who spoke about their mother in a video to mark her 50th birthday last year (pictured)
Speaking in a clip at the time, Princess Isabella (pictured), now 16, says: ‘She has an Australian accent, so there are some words she says a bit funny,’
Despite living – and celebrating – in Denmark on the other side of the world Princess Mary paid homage to her Australian roots by sending a special $50,000 gift to The Alannah & Madeline Foundation – which inspired the royal to start an anti-bullying program herself in Europe.
She launched The Mary Foundation in 2007 using money she was gifted to her and Prince Frederik at their wedding in 2004, drawing on The Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s Better Buddies program to start her Free of Bullying initiative.
‘From my very first experience with Better Buddies, I could see that the approach could be something very special in terms of creating communities and togetherness among children,’ Princess Mary said at the time.
‘It seemed clear to me that Denmark could take inspiration from Better Buddies. It has been very rewarding, and we are grateful for the starting point it has given us in The Mary Foundation’s work to combat bullying.’
She launched The Mary Foundation in 2007 using money she was gifted to her and Prince Frederik at their wedding in 2004, drawing on The Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s Better Buddies program to start her Free of Bullying initiative
As she was growing up, Crown Princess Mary’s mother Henrietta ‘Etta’ Donaldson regularly reminded her that ‘you can only be yourself’.
And while simple, those five words have stuck with the Danish princess since her mother’s tragic death from a heart condition when she was just 25 – three years before she met Prince Frederik.
Speaking to Eurowoman Magazine before she turned 50, the Australian-born royal said that advice had been with her during her most challenging moments.
‘She was absolutely right about that. I have reminded myself of those words when I have occasionally [felt like I was going to] lose myself,’ she said.
‘My life has offered great changes, joys and sorrows.
‘There are several landmark events: The grief of losing my mother. The joy of then becoming a mother. My time at university. To meet Frederik. To get married to the Crown Prince and become the Crown Princess for Denmark and the Danish people that I love so much. And maybe to be 50 – who knows?’
Mary has only talked about her mother’s death a few times publicly and how the tragedy had an enormous impact on her.
During a visit to a support group for young people who have experienced grief, Children, Youth and Mourning previously, Mary spoke about the pain of losing her mother in her twenties.
‘It happened too early,’ Mary said.
‘It’s so hard to see when it is so close and so personal, but as you get older, you learn to appreciate the time you had together as a gift. And the loss offers something that you wouldn’t have otherwise. It makes a strong person.’
‘I would love to have more time with my mother. She is part of me.’
Her mother died three years before she met Prince Frederik (centre) who she married in 2004
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